The 2011 TIME Person of the year: The Protester, every year the TIME magazine has been continuing to select the person of the year had the greatest impact during the past twelve months, for good or for bad. This year TIME magazine editors choose TIME Person of the year: The Protester.
“No one could have known that when a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself on fire in a public square, it would incite protests that would topple dictators and start a global wave of dissent,” the magazine writes. “In 2011, protesters didn’t just voice their complaints; they changed the world.”
According to Washingtonpost, in this year’s report, Time pieced together what all these revolutions have in common, why they protest, and what the legacy of the year’s protests will be. The magazine profiles a citizen journalist who started the live stream for Occupy Wall Street from Zuccotti Park, and a protester in Mexico who has had enough of the drug violence in that country.
“There was a lot of consensus among our people,” Time Managing Editor Richard Stengel told the Today anchors as he revealed the magazine’s cover. “It felt right.”
Meanwhile, TIME Person of the year runner-up, Navy Adm. William McRaven: The Admiral, Chinese dissident artist-Ai Weiwei: The Dissident, Paul Ryan: The Prophet, and recently royal Kate Middleton: The Princess.
TIME Person of the year: The Protester